TEACHING AND LEARNING DR. SHRINIWAS KASHALIKAR
The evolution is marked by learning and teaching. Natural learning, involved natural teaching i.e. sharing of wisdom for the rest of the population with natural and instinctive aim of welfare of the universe, without being articulated or publicized. The living organisms learn and teach either consciously, subconsciously or unconsciously. In human beings, as a result of the development of central nervous system the learning became more conscious and versatile but at the same time, the natural process of learning; often began to get adulterated by ulterior motives, biases, prejudices, superficiality and pettiness. It
became pompous and servile to the interests of few. The bounty of development of brain began to act as a curse! Hence today we have to look back and rectify our learning so as to teach properly! “Teaching and learning” should be worded and sequenced as “learning and teaching”! The question is, not, whether we are doing it or not, but whether we are able to do it or not! The answer is; on our own; it is almost impossible to revert back to natural and unadulterated learning. It requires additional effort to surpass the millions of obstacles in our brain; dragging us to pettiness and pulling us down to lowliness.
This effort is involves a very simple process of NAMASMARAN! BUT WHAT IS NAMASMARAN? Namasmaran means; remembering the name of God, Guru, great souls; such as prophets and holy objects such as planets and stars. It may be remembered silently, loudly, along with music, dance, along with breathing, in group or alone, either with counting by rosary (called SMARANI or JAPAMALA) or without counting. The traditions vary from region to region and from religion to religion. However the universal principle underlying NAMASMARAN is to reorient your physiological being with your true self. In fact while reorienting with true self you aim to establish and strengthen the bond or connection; between; your physiological being; with your true self. You aim at reunification with yourself!
Since remembering your true self is the pinnacle of or culmination of individual consciousness, and individual consciousness is the culmination of every activity in life, remembering any name of God or Guru (any symbol of your true self) is equivalent to opening the final common pathway for the individual consciousness associated with every possible activity to get funneled into or unified with objective or cosmic consciousness. Thus NAMASMARAN is in fact the YOGA of YOGA in the sense that it is the culmination of consciousness associated with every possible procedure and technique in the yoga that you are familiar with. It is the YOGA of YOGA because it is the culmination of consciousness associated with all the activities in the universe, which it encompasses as well! It is YOGA of YOGA because everybody in the world irrespective of his/her tradition and the beliefs; would
eventually, ultimately and naturally reach it in the process of liberation. Even so called non believers also would not “miss” the “benefit of remembering the true self through one symbol or another”! Just as NAMASMARAN is YOGA of YOGA it is meditation of meditation also! It is the natural and ultimate climax of every form of meditation. These facts however have to be realized with persistent practice of NAMSMARAN and not blindly believed or blindly disbelieved with casual approach! In short NAMSMARAN is super-bounty of cosmic consciousness for every individual to realize it (cosmic consciousness)! This is truly a super-bounty because a person who experiences it, rises above mercenary, commercial and even professional and
charity planes and manifest supertransactions in his or her life! These are just few observations to give rough idea about what is NAMASMARAN. NAMASMARAN is an ocean of bliss. Its true meaning is beyond description in words.
DR. SHRINIWAS KASHALIKAR .